About the Podcast

Gubatbp. (pronounced as “gubat at iba pa” or “forest and others”) is a monthly podcast by the Forest Foundation Philippines. Here, we tell stories and engage in discussions about the interrelatedness of people, forest, and biodiversity.


Your hosts


Executive Director

Onggie Canivel is the Executive Director of Forest Foundation Philippines. A staunch advocate of the environment, he previously held positions, leading advocacy and policy initiatives, at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 


He obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. 


Passionate about the great outdoors, he spends his free time reading books on the environment, and sharing his love of the forests to friends and family by taking them to the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Also a serial hobbyist, he collects fountain pens and takes fishkeeping seriously.


Knowledge Management Specialist

Bryan Mariano is Forest Foundation Philippines’ Knowledge Management Specialist. He is a development communication practitioner who has been working in the forest conservation sector since 2015. He is currently finishing his MS Geography program at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he studies social meanings of places and knowledge production in human-nature relations. With great admiration for landscapes, he enjoys hiking and reading books about the environment. 

About the guests


Lee Ann Canals-Silayan

Lee Ann is committed to Philippine biodiversity and forest conservation, having founded the Kaleekasann Nursery in San Mateo, Rizal—a purely native tree nursery. Ms. Lee Ann is also a member of UP Mountaineers, having collaborated with groups such as MUNI in upholding environmental conservation.  Listen to Lee Ann’s perspective in the Plantito/Plantita phenomenon on Episode 1.

Erika Gutierrez

Erika is the owner of Pothead Manila, an online store centered around responsible urban farming. She integrates sustainability in their operations, providing buyers with informed descriptions of their plants, and promoting resilient cities. To understand how Erika was able to build a sustainable business operation selling plants, listen to Episode 1.

Atty. Theresa Tenazas

Atty. Theresa is from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with extensive knowledge on ethical sourcing and policy. She is the OIC of the Wildlife Resources Division at the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau. Atty. Theresa discusses the rules and regulations of ethical sourcing in Episode 1.

Rina Garcia Chua

Rina is a multi-awarded author and the editor of “Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry”, the first Philippine ecopoetry collection. She graduated with a specialization in Ecocriticism and literature from the University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia. To learn more about her and Eco-literature, listen and tune in to Episode 2.

Alvira “Vie” Reyes

Alvira Reyes is the Executive Director of Bote Central and Acting President of Philippine Coffee Alliance. The Philippine Coffee Alliance is a SEC-registered network of smallholder coffee farmers and key players in local agribusiness. They aim for promoting and empowering local coffee farmers by preparing them for entrepreneurship. Learn more by tuning in to Episode 3.


Mariton Villanueva

Mariton is a textile artist whose technique revolves around plant-based dyeing. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of the Philippines, her works exhibit prints that have been produced using natural materials and upcycled fabrics. She also owns the brand Himaya. Learn more by tuning in to Episode 4.

Soliman Poonon

Soliman is a soil painter whose technique hails from the soil painting traditions of the Talaandig tribe of Bukidnon, of which he is a member of. His works have been exhibited in countries as far as Canada and Singapore, while he continues to reside in Bukidnon where the soil painting tradition is passed onto Talaandig children. Learn more by tuning in to Episode 4.

Simeona “Ony” Martinez

Simeona “Ony” Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is part of independent research and advocacy group Counter-mapping PH Network. Ony Martinez has also joined Saan Yan PH, a volunteer group mapping community pantries in the country. Learn more by tuning in to Episode 5.


Dr. TJ Malvar

Dr. TJ Malvar leads forest bathing sessions and manages the Mount Purro Nature Reserve alongside his family in Barangay Calawis, Antipolo. He is a medical practitioner who has supported activities on local agriculture, ecotourism, and food security. Learn more by tuning in to Episode 6.
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Dr. John Jamir Benzon Aruta

Dr. John Jamir Benzon Aruta or John is a professor from the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department of De La Salle University. His research interests include environmental psychology and mental health. One of his recent papers discussed the influence of connectedness to nature and materialism on ecological behavior in the Philippines. For more published works of Dr. John Jamir Benzon R. Aruta, please visit his Research Gate profile.  Learn more by tuning in to Episode 7.

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Beatrice Tulagan

Beatrice Tulagan, or Bea, is a writer and a climate organizer. As a journalist, Bea writes about the climate crisis, cultural shifts, and social politics, as well as the environment, culture, gender, and mental health. As a climate organizer, she is particularly focused on the emerging youth climate movement in the global South as well as women environmental defenders. Her weekly newsletter, The Very Best of Us is a reflection on honoring what makes us human as we confront the biggest crises and social shocks of our time.  Learn more by tuning in to Episode 7.

Reach Out To Us

E-mail: gubatbp@forestfoundation.ph
Address: 2F Valderrama Bldg., 107 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1229

Phone: +63 2 8891 0595